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Professor Ndukaife wins 2017 Prize in Physics by Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation

Posted by on Thursday, September 7, 2017 in News.

8-25-2017 -Photos of Justus C. Ndukaife, PhD, Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering (Vanderbilt University /Steve Green)

He was recognized for his work on plasmon nano-optical tweezers. The Dimitris N. Chorafas Foundation awards scientific prizes for outstanding work in selected fields in the engineering sciences, medicine and the natural sciences. It rewards research characterized by its high potential for practical application and by the special significance attached to its aftermath.

Professor Ndukaife was nominated by Purdue University where he received his Ph.D. degree. Every year, partner universities in Europe, North America and Asia evaluate the research work of their graduating doctorate students and propose the best for prizing. Depending on the years of association with the Foundation and the size of the sample from which the best researcher is chosen (which must be statistically valid), some partner universities receive two prizes per year; others have one annual prize. The Foundation prizes the best doctoral student(s) in the Hard Sciences in each partner university. These annual awards are of $5,000 each.

Prize winners must be at the top of their class; and must demonstrate by their work that they have considered the consequences of their research for man and nature, and that they are ready as individuals to accept responsibility for these consequences. Awards are made after a very careful selection process in each respective prize category.